Originally Posted by Lexington
Why does my cat bit me for petting him. I havnt been able to put my finger on what exactually he doesnt like since he is the one that comes to me to be petted and then ends up biting my hand. Should i smack his little butt? How do you deal with this?
Yes, very frustrating, but also very common. First, don't smack him. It won't work and he'll just think you're mean and may decide not to sit on your lap at all.
Is he a young cat or an adult? If he's young he may just need to be taught what's appropriate as far as showing affection to the human folk (because biting kitties are sometimes showing affection). In that case I would say a strong "ow" and a removal from the lap is the best thing to do.
If it's an older cat, it's probably overstimulation. Does he twitch his skin (kind of a rolling motion), twitch or swing his tail? Those are signs that he wants you to back off. Doesn't mean he doesn't want to be near you, but he doesn't want to be touched (or touched wherever you're petting him).
My girl cat does this. She sits on your lap, but she only wants so much petting, then she gets to be little miss bitey. Once I learned to read her signs, we've both been much happier.